About Artist Patrick Soper

 Patrick Soper, professional artistAward winning artist, Patrick Soper, has made Lafayette, Louisiana his home since 1977. He works as a full time portrait artist and freelance illustrator for ad agencies, corporations, and book and magazine publishers. His illustration work has appeared in national publications such as Outdoor Life, American Legion Magazine, M.D. News, Aviation & Space Technology, Organic Gardening, Continental Inflight Magazine, High Technology Magazine, West Coast Book Review, and many others. In addition, he has worked for such major publishers as McGraw-Hill; Silver, Burdett & Ginn; David C. Cook; Macmillan; D.C. Heath; Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich; Pelican Publishing; Little Brown and many others.

When not working on one of his many children’s books or some other illustration project he is in much demand for portrait commissions and narrative type montage portraits and montage theme paintings and murals. In recent years, two of his paintings have been accepted into national juried shows and another was accepted and published in a collection of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy art known as “Spectrum V”. His work was also highlighted in the Winter 1999 issue of the on-line art and literature magazine, Sabine.

In 2002, Patrick began work on a series of paintings that are an attempt to capture the spirit of the southern landscape and the unique people who live here. He and his wife travel throughout the south seeking subjects for his work. It is a difficult but rewarding challenge to be at the right place at the crucial moment in time when the light and conditions come together to create artistic poetry. He then returns to the studio and captures that special moment in oils on canvas. Many of this series is available as Giclee prints on canvas. They are the truest representations of his paintings possible. Virtually indistinguishable from the originals.

Awards and Shows

2008
Artwork included in illustration Exhibit at Irving Center for the Arts – Irving, TX

2007
One-man show of figurative work entitled "Eve-Olution at Gallery 549 – Lafayette, LA
  One of 15 artists selected to execute a painting celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Marquis de Lafayette

2005
Retrospective Show at The Lafayette Art Association Gallery, depicting 25 years of art and illustration
  One of 12 artists selected by the Acadiana Symphony to participate in their inaugural “Painted Violin” Series

2004
Representation within Louisiana by Wyble Art Brokerage, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA
  One man show “Paintings of the South” Gallery 912, Lafayette, LA

2002
1st Place Oils, LAA “Eye of the Beholder”

2001
Commission 10 painting series (6' x 8') Depicting 2000 Year History of Christianity

2000
Chosen as Wildlife Calendar Artist for 2001 by Dresser Industries, Inc.

1998
Acceptance of painting“Dreams of An Earthbound Seraph,” into international competition of science fiction and fantasy art known as “Spectrum V”
  Windsor, Newton Award – National Juried Show, LAA Gallery

1996
National Juried Show, Lafayette Art Association Gallery

1995
Feature story, “Pat Soper, Artist & Illustrator” Acadiana Profile Magazine
  Juried Art Competition, LAA Gallery “In Full Bloom”

1994
Two Artist Show, Ziegler Museum, Jennings, LA
  Gold & Silver Award/ Illustration, Ad Club of Acadiana Addy Awards
  Juried Art Competition, LAA Gallery, “In Full Bloom”

1993
Special Award, Lafayette Art Association Juried Show, “Eye of the Beholder”
  Gold & Silver Award/ Illustration, Ad Club of Acadiana Addy Awards
  Retrospective Show, Patrick & Celia Soper, Lafayette Art Association Gallery

1992
Silver Award/Illustration, Ad Club of Acadiana Addy Awards

1991
Awarded Commission for South Central Bell Directory Cover/ 3rd Best in Nation
  3 Artist Show, Gilley’s Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

1989
Winner, Louisiana Wild Turkey Federation Stamp & Print Competition

1988
2nd & 3rd place, Lafayette Art Association Juried Show, “Eye of the Beholder”
  Painting “Continental Colossus” Commissioned to Honor Mining Industry in Australia
  Inclusion in Group Touring Show (six German cities) Amerika House, Munich
  Runner-up, Louisiana First of State Waterfowl Stamp Competition
  Gold, Silver, Bronze/Illustration, Ad Club of Acadiana Addy Awards

1987
Inclusion as full artist member into The Society of Illustrators in New York City
  Gold, Silver, Bronze,/Illustration, Ad Club of Acadiana, Addy Awards
  Award of Merit/Illustration, Houston Society of Illustrators

1986
Citation for Excellence, College Sports Information Director’s Association
  Award of Merit/Illustration, Houston Society of Illustrators

1985
Merit Award/Illustration, Houston Society of Illustrators
  Gold & Bronze Awards/Illustration, Ad Club of Acadiana, Addy Awards

1984
Two Bronze Awards/Illustration, Ad Club of Acadiana, Addy Awards
  Painting,”Decoy Carver,” accepted and published in Illustrator’s Annual 27 – The Year’s Best Illustrations

1983
Group Show “Harvest Theme” Bryant Gallery, Jackson, Mississippi

1982
Gold & Bronze Awards for Illustration at Acadiana Advertising Association Addy Awards

1981
Illustration Award – Art Director’s & Designer’s Association of New Orleans
  Juried selection, 2nd Annual Arkansas Wildlife Federation Show

1980
Juried selection, 1st Annual Arkansas Wildlife Federation Show

Work in Corporate and Museum Collections

• Acadiana Symphony Association
• American Oilfield Divers
• B. I. Moody Corp.
• Cenac Corporation
• Children’s Museum of Lafayette
• Diocese of Lafayette
• Gulf States Utilities
• Heymann Foundation
• Innovus, Inc.
• John Chance Corp.
• Ken Davis Industries
• Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
• Louisiana Dept. of Tourism
• Louisiana Public Broadcasting
• Rayne State Bank
• Regions Bank
• Rural Life Museum of Baton Rouge
• Schlumberger International
• Sea Land Corporation
• South Central Bell
• Texas A & I University
• Texas A & M University
• The Petroleum Club of Lafayette
• Tulane University
• U L of Lafayette
• Wide-Lite Corp.
• YZ Industries
• Ziegler Museum


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